Mt Ord - Mazatzal Range

Date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Leaders: 
Dennis Weist - dgweist@aol.com, 480-251-5965
Barbara Weist - weistb@aol.com, 480-529-4142
Rating: 
A- LENGTH:14 mi ELEV GAIN: 4500 ft+ PACE: Medium

Meet at the Wendy's in Fountain Hills at Shea and Highway 87 (Bee Line). Please contact a hike leader for meet-up time as this hike may be weather dependent. Drive/carpool to trailhead about 45 minutes north of Fountain Hills. 

Mt Ord is the 2nd highest mountain in the Mazatzals with stunning views all the way up! The trail is an old jeep road cut into the mountain in the 1930s and is wide and winding, making for an easier climb up such an imposing peak. We'll wend our way through paloverde, manzanita, grasslands and eventually make our way to a forest of oak trees at the top. This area claims a high population of deer, bear, mountain lion and countless birds. From the top there are views of Roosevelt Lake, Four Peaks and the Mogollon Rim. Our pace will be medium, but with enough breaks to catch our breath, have a snack or catch a view.

Bring plenty of water, electrolytes, snacks and a warm jacket for the top. No water or facilities at the trailhead.